News - 7th March 2019

parkrun profile: Colchester Castle


The town of Colchester in Essex is one of the oldest towns in Britain, and the castle is a must-visit for tourists. It is also home to parkrun!


Gareth Gailey from Colchester Castle parkrun tells us more…




The first Colchester Castle parkrun event took place on Saturday 6 April 2013. Every week since hundreds of parkrunners get to enjoy a beautiful scenic park with a route that takes in a Norman Castle, Roman walls and the River Colne, with a slight lump in the ground to run up… twice!


Colchester Castle is the focal point for the entire town, offering an amazing historical location, a friendly team of volunteers, with lots for the whole family to do or visit within the park after your parkrun.




More than 10,000 different parkrunners have completed our course, and parkrun in Colchester has grown consistently in numbers thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, support from the park and the Council.


The inclusive and supportive nature of parkrun has provided an opportunity for walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities to take part in a community event that they may never have considered before.




For the all-important post-parkrun coffee, we can be found in Sip n Tuck cafe, located just on the edge of the park, on The High Street. It’s worth taking part in parkrun just as an excuse to work through the great range of snacks on offer!


Amongst our many, many awesome volunteers and parkrunners Malkiat “Mr Singh” Singh stands out as an enthusiastic runner and volunteer who once met is never forgotten.


When marshalling it is anyone’s guess what he will bring along each week to encourage the runners. Cowbells, saucepans, giant alarm clocks? Who knows!




Another unusual quirk of our events is that the now Event Director and Volunteer Co-ordinator are married to each other, and first met running at Colchester castle parkrun.


We have also had an official World Record set on the course for the “fastest 5km in a two-person pantomime costume” and as you can see from the photo below, they overcame all humps and bumps to achieve the time required.


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